Biological Beam Bending: How Lamprey Muscles Can Change the Viscoelastic Properties of Their Bodies

Wagenbach, Christopher.


  • Abstract: Skeletal muscle is a biological actuator. Understanding how muscle functions has applications in the fields of robotics and prosthetics. In my work, I characterized the viscoelastic properties of the silver lamprey (Ichthyomyzon unicuspis) body such as stiffness and damping, as a function of the timing of muscle activity. I subjected the lamprey to sinusoidal bending, of different ... read more
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